About This Blog

I love to cook and I am fascinated by food and nutrition.  I didn’t used to be like this.  We were pretty typical and ate the  typical American diet.  We ate out a lot and I hated to cook.  Then came Celiac Disease.  That changed everything.  I had never spent much time thinking about what we ate or about how what we put into our bodies might affect our health and our emotional well-being.  The first of the family’s diagnoses came January of 2007.  I spent the next 2+ years cooking and baking gluten free.  Much of that time we were also dairy free as we were part of the majority of newly diagnosed Celiacs that can’t tolerate it until the small intestine heals.  I didn’t worry about sugar and I had no idea there was such a thing as good fats vs bad fats.  I still believed that saturated fat caused heart disease.  This blog is a pretty good reflection about what was going on in our home over the years as far as the food we ate and what I believed was the right thing at the time.  For example, I used to freely use vegetable oils such as canola, corn etc.  Now I won’t touch them and use coconut oil almost exclusively.  I also believed that agave nectar was a good, healthy choice as a sweetener.  I do not use that now.  So as you browse my recipes please forgive my poor choices earlier on. 

As I am part of several Celiac support groups I began to notice a trend.  Many people seem terribly bitter or angry about the diagnosis.  We are not.  More good has come of it than bad. 

  • We now are very conscious about what we put into our bodies.  Every label is read.  At first it was just looking for gluten.  Now it is looking for many things such as high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, stabilizers, colors, starches, added sugar and the many names that comes as, types of added oils etc.
  • We eat out a whole lot less – almost not at all.  Many people complain about the cost of eating gluten free.  For us that hasn’t been the case.  We now eat mostly whole foods and very little processed foods.  If it comes in a package, box, bag or can we likely don’t use it.  Cutting out the processed foods along with eating out has decreased our food budget.
  • If it hadn’t been for my husband’s initial diagnosis we have little doubt we would have at least one child on the autism spectrum.  I am not saying that Celiac Disease causes autism.  I don’t know that.  What I am saying is that when our oldest child gets gluten she has significant behavioral changes.  She becomes a different person.  Until recently, she had very few gastrointestinal symptoms.  Most of her symptoms are behavioral.  Without the family history it likely would have taken years if ever to get a diagnosis for her.  Our third child is also showing signs when he is exposed.   
  • My knowledge of food and nutrition has become a big focus in my life.  Cooking and learning about real food is a hobby and a passion.
  • Because of Celiac Disease my children will never be exposed to the typical American diet.  Research has shown that any culture who adopts our way of eating becomes sick like we do.  They start getting cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a long list of others at the same alarming pace as we do. 

We are 100% gluten free in our house.  3 of the 5 of us here likely have Celiac Disease and I tend to think that gluten is probably poison for a great many  more people who do not have CD.   I keep this blog mostly for myself so I can catalogue all my recipes and pictures of the things that worked for us.  I have made these public at the request of family and friends.  Besides if it can help someone else, that would be great.  I don’t buy any mixes or pre-made anything so you won’t find recipes that contain those.  We eat real food, whole food, traditional food.  We try to live and eat by these words:  If it’s not food, don’t eat it.   I don’t believe in eating low-fat.  I believe in eating the right kinds of fat.  I think every now and then we all need something sweet.  (Don’t even try to defend aspartame to me.  This falls under the ” not food” category!)  I think Dr. Russell Blaylock is a genius.   I also think that Michael Pollan’s writing on the state of food in this nation should be a required reading for all. 

If you hate store bought gluten free bread like we do, please check out my GF DF Whole Grain Bread recipe.  It is rice free, foldable, soft, tender and moist.  Gluten eaters love it too.

 Feel free to contact me at ksanders71@gmail.com 

The emperors of nutrition have no clothes.  Never listen to them again.”  ~ Michael Pollan  “In Defense of Food.”

28 thoughts on “About This Blog

  1. I need so send many kuddos to a friend of mine that has sent me your link. We are going gluten free in our household, but it is a challenge. I have view your recipes and they look scrumptious!

    I was wondering where you purchase your different flours from? The grocery stores are outrageous for such small amounts.

    Our daughter is slight ADHD and my husband is battling diverticulitis, so we found a strong need to change. The slightest changes so far have made a difference in our daughters emotions.

    Thank you for your great webpage!

    Heather

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    • Thanks so much for your comments. I completely agree about the prices at the regular grocery store. It’s completely ridiculous. I buy sorghum, sweet rice, white rice, potato and tapioca starch at a Asian grouchy store. Nothing is certified gf but it’s never been a problem for us. I buy my favorite gf flour, teff, in large bulk from the supplier. I buy the seeds, light and dark teff flour. It comes from the company that supplies Bob’s Red Mill. Quinoa, buckwheat, millet, flax and amaranth we get from a health food store, Sprouts, in large bulk. We buy full 25 or 50 lb bags that are unopened and then they give us a reduced price. We bought a grinder and make our own flours from those whole grains. The grinder was expensive but it will quickly pay for itself as it is so much cheaper to grind your own rather than buying small amounts at the store.

      I could chat for days about how food affects ones behavior. If we hadn’t known about my oldest daughter having celiac disease we have no doubt we would be one of those families battling with ADHD. Her reaction when she gets gluten is primarily behavioral. And it is intense. I am so glad you have found something that works for you guys. We find the diet easy, after the initial learning curve, that is. Additionally, since we have learned to look at all labels we now eat almost no processed food. We try to live by the motto: if it’s not food , don’t eat it.

      Good luck and good health to you and your family.

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  2. Wow. I just want to say that I found you just today and feel like I’ve struck gold! I’ve been doing Atkins for several months but for years I have been cooking only with whole foods, use only raw honey, drink only raw milk, avoid HFCS, never use agave, etc… It seemed a natural step to drop grains altogether and go “near-paleo”. I feel very strongly that my family will benefit from this much healthier lifestyle, even though none of us has CD. I can’t wait to try as many of your recipes as possible!!! I know that your blog/recipes are dairy-free as well, but that’s okay–I can incorporate our dairy where it seems to “fit”. Thank you!!! =)

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      • It’s not completely paleo because we do still eat some grains (me not so much because I was working on losing weight). I soak my grains, though. I probably won’t completely eliminate them but cut way back so that they only make up a teensy tiny part of our diets…

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  3. I’m so happy to have found your blog. I can relate to so much you write here in your intro. No tummy issues in our house – it’s all been nervous system. The change has been a blessing. I do have to say I was able to ease into GF cooking, so it wasn’t a shock to me. I appreciate what you wrote about the flours you use and where you get them. I’ve used small bags of teff and really like it. And I’ll follow your tips on grinding – we can pull out our grinder that I used to use for wheat. Thanks so much for sharing your experience – it’s a big help. I’ll be back. Mary

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  4. I just found your blog searching for a soy and dairy free lasagna recipe. Thank you so much for creating! I have been suffering for 13 years (now 40) w/ a range of problems from emotional, skin and gastrointestinal, etc. Found out last year I have allergies and intolerance to about 40 things, many of them are chemicals found in processed foods. It’s been a hard journey figuring out how to feed myself as I put cooking for my family first and stick to some carrots, rice, etc. Finding your blog, it is an inspiration. We rarely eat out as I get so sick and seems most people like to socialize around food. No one understands that food issues don’t just have symptoms like anaphylactic shock and epi-pens. Thank you for creating and sharing your blog!

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    • I’m glad you found me too. I think there are more and more people starting to be aware of food allergies which is a great thing. This has been a great journey for me but I’m glad to be doing it now as opposed to 20 years ago. I just got back from Vegas for the weekend. I was worried a bit about how I would eat. It turned out to be no problem. My friends understood and I just chose plain dishes. We stopped at Trader Joes and I stocked up on safe things. I know I didn’t eat as clean as I usually do but I still managed to stay away from grains, sugar, gluten, soy, dairy…. I came home feeling pretty good all things considered. 😉

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  5. I am very impressed with you! You offer so much inspiration for people moving through this challenge and you really have your “blog trip” together! You are just beautiful and radiant (I saw your pic)! Let’s stay connected, OK? In health, healing and happiness, Dr. Elena 😉

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  6. Kim- this is the first gf blog I have decided to follow. I really enjoy reading it so far! Maybe you can help me with a tough decision… For over a year I have been trying to figure out the foods that are making me sick. The number one food is gluten. When I eat gluten free I feel good. Since I have never been diagnosed CD I think in can cheat and eat gluten at times. When I do I tell myself I Will Never Eat Gluten Again! I get really sick. A few months ago I began getting sick when I have milk products and when I cheat and have both- it nearly sends me to the ER. So- I went to several doctors and finally a GI. He suspects CD but my blood test was negative BUT it was a false negative due to another portion of the test. He explained it to me as I still could have CD and needed further testing. I teach school and carry the insurance for the family. Even with insurance the tests for a Cat Scan and endoscope costs close to $3000. So my question is this…it seems to be CD and I have been really good for a solid month and have not cheated with gluten. I feel great! Should i spend the money on the tests to confirm CD when the only treatment is a gf diet? The doctor also said I would need to eat gluten for 3 weeks prior to the test. Uggg….I am not sure I, or my family, could handle me eating gluten. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks! Kerri

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    • That is a tricky spot. We were in the same one. Your blood test should come back negative if you are eating a gluten free diet. It doesn’t mean the test was incorrect or whatever your doc told you. We as a family went gf in January of 2007. Then in July I took my then nearly 2 year old home to visit family. I didn’t think anything of feeding her gluten as it was my husband who had CD. My daughter came unglued. Her reaction was largely behavioral at the time but it was a rude awakening. So when we got home I made an appt for her to see a pediatric GI. When we went in to see him he said that we needed to put her back on a gluten filled diet so that we could cause enough damage in her small intestine to be able to see via biopsy. We absolutely could not do that to her just to get confirmation of something we already knew. For you, do you have kids? If you do you might need to get a diagnosis so that there is no uncertainty if they ever start having symptoms. Do you have any other family members with a confirmed diagnosis? How many family members have “IBS”? There is another option to eating enough gluten to damage your intestine enough to see the flattening of the villi. There is a lab in Texas, I think. It is run by Dr. Fine who is a CD researcher. He has developed a test for CD by testing stool. It is all done through the mail as gross as that sounds. You do not need a doctors order to get it. When we had the testing done it was $400 and that included a gene test. That was in 2007 though so I don’t know what the prices are now. The other perk of doing it this way is that you do not have to have an official diagnosis that your insurance company knows about therefore you wouldn’t need to worry about all the implications that go along with a pre existing condition. The lab is called Enterolab. Try Enterolab.com. I’m on my phone so I can’t easily check that for you. Dr. Fines test is not mainstream not because it doesn’t work but because of his patent. He apparently angered the medical community by patenting it so now most doctors will not use it. The testing is more sensitive so you can still be tested if you remain on a gf diet. There is the real silver lining. Check out their web site and see what you think. This is what we ended up doing for me and my daughter. It showed I was gluten intolerant and that she has true CD. We’ve been 100% gf since then. If you choose not to get any testing done know that in all likelihood you do in fact have CD. Educate yourself lots so that you know exactly what you are doing to yourself when you eat gluten. Know that healing from one exposure can take 6 months. Know that exposure dramatically increases your odds of another autoimmune disease rearing it’s ugly head. I really truly believe that gluten is good for no one. The road to hell is paved with gluten. 😉. Sorry. I will step down off my soap box. You just happened to touch on a subject that means so much to me.

      I’m glad you found me. Please keep in touch and let me know what you decide! Good luck to you. It’s a steep learning curve but it is soooo worthwhile. I’ve said many times on my blog that I am grateful to CD. Much more good has come from this than bad.

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  7. I was able to try your bread recipe and I want to say thanks for sharing. I was buying the Udi’s bread which is expensive, plus it’s hard for me to get it here. I was hoping you could give me a web site that I could get my Teff flour from, and also do they have a lighter one? I have the dark, and not really hooked on dark bread. I would like to have it just a little lighter if possible if not can you suggest a flour that would work. I am still new to all of these ingredients that I have to use, and watch what I eat. Where I live we don’t have a very big selection of GF foods available. So now I have to cook which is not my most favorite hobby. But thank you for all your recipes, I have tried the pizza one and love it. Keep them coming. 🙂

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  8. Hi Kim, SO glad to have found your blog. I’ve been attempting to be be gluten and dairy free (amoung other things) for about 6 months. It’s not always been easy as the rest of my family was not doing the same. Well now my husband has decided to jump on board with me and after reading some of your website I’m wondering if my youngest (4 year old) would benefit form going gluten free. It’s been a process for sure! I look forward to reading more on your website and learning from whee you have already been. On the days that I “fail” I just pick myself back up and go again. I have been primarily been eating whole foods and have not done any gluten-free baking up to now, In thinking about having my kids become gluten free the baking might help with the transition, so I thank you for sharing your learning. I have a vita-mix blender so I think I can make some of my own flours, but where to start! Ugh. Here in Canada we have to search a little harder for things taht stray from the “norm”. Thanks again, I’m off to take the dog for a walk but I look forawrd to rolling up my sleeves and reading more when I return. Oh, and my journey into dairy/gluten free (and soy/corn free) began with an MS diagnosis in May.

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    • I can’t say enough about having everyone in the family gluten free. It will sure make your life so much easier. Honestly I don’t think gluten is good for anyone. In case you needed extra encouragement in that area you could check out Dr. William Davis’ book “Wheat Belly”. The road to hell seems to be paved with gluten. I’ve been dairy free for most of the last 7 years and I certainly find that harder. There is just no good sub for butter or cheese or cream…. That said, I sure feel better when I avoid it. I have also found that I feel best when I avoid all grains, sugar, soy, corn and anything processed. Have you seen this TED talk by Dr. Terry Wahls?

      This Doctor had MS and effectively cured it with diet. It is absolutely amazing. It sounds like you are definitely on the right track.

      Best of luck to you. Keep in touch. 🙂

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  9. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience!
    I’ve been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (tinged with a little GAPS) for a year and a half to treat the digestive mayhem that had all but ground my life to a halt. It’s been a gift to become so familiar with what my body (and mind) truly thrives on. I’m always on the hunt for more real food recipes and information about sweeteners, nutrients, digestion and the politics/economics of eating. I love how you connect so many of these dots in your blog. It’s a real find!

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    • Thanks so much for your kind words. I love to hear about another person who has found the power to make positive changes to their health. I think that listening to our bodies, like you spoke of, is a skill far too few of us have. I hope to continue to hear more from you.

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  10. My husband was diagnosed with celiac disease. I was devistated because I love to bake. I bake bread, buns etc all the time. Now I have tried a number of breads and realize my dog has been on a gluten free diet because most of the breads go to him:} I| just want a bread that we can make sandwiches from and a bun to put a hamburger in. I am excited to try your bread recipe and buns and pizza crust. We live in a small town so it is almost impossible to get gluten free flours but I have some now so I will try your recipes in the next few days. I really hope this is the answer to prayer for me that I have found a bread recipe. I will thank you in advance and keep you posted how it goes.

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    • So many people have had great luck with my bread recipe. Sometimes it requires some tweaking depending on your flours and where you love etc. if your already a baker it won’t take you long to get the hang of it. My bread does hamburger buns too. The pizza crust and cheese based buns are incredibly good too. My husband who doesn’t cook at all makes huge batches of pizza crusts, bakes them then freezes them. It’s so convenient. Good luck. Please let me know how it goes for you.

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  11. Hi Kim,
    Thank you soooo much for your site! My 4 year old son the doctors thinks has Celiac disease. Now being on a gluten free/ dairy free diet along with lots of other restrictions it has been tough and very expensive to by pre- made items. (bread) the most! Your recipes are fantastic, easy and consistently turn out. Thank you so much and love to see more ideas if you have any for dough’s, cookies, kid meals.

    Thanks again,
    Rebecca

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    • Thanks so much for taking the time to make a comment. I am so happy to hear that you have enjoyed my recipes. I will never tire of hearing that. I can’t tell you I will be posting more cookies and such here. I now don’t eat any grains or sugar so therefore I also don’t cook/bake them anymore either. This is with the exception of my bread. My kids still eat bread so I am still always playing with that recipe and coming up with new versions of that.

      I’m sorry to hear about your sons new CD diagnosis. I know that this right now is overwhelming. I’ve been there. As you will see though through out my blog I have come to feel pretty grateful for our multiple diagnosis’s. Before them we were on a proximity diet meaning we ate anything that was in our proximity. We gave no thought or consideration to anything we put in our mouths. I believe that had that continued my kids would not be thriving as they are now and me and my ex husband would be sick and obese. Right now I feel better than I have in a long long time. Good luck to you and your son. Kim

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  12. Good blog. I eat mainly dairy and grain free, (except for oatmeal and rice). Otherwise my diet is “mostly” Paleo. It’s difficult to find gluten free blogs that aren’t full of high carb recipes..

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  13. I am so glad I found your blog, I have been researching gluten free recipes for a friend whose son has just been diagnosed with CD and another one who has crohns and needs gluten free – your recipes look great, thank you 😊

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